Thursday, June 27, 2013



JUNE 28, 2013

Gen 17:1,9-10,15-22 / Ps 128: 1-2. 3. 4-5 / Mt 8:1-4

Genesis 17:1,9-10,15-22
When Abram was ninety- nine years old, Yahweh appeared to him and said, "I am God Al mighty. Walk in my presence and be without blame! God said to Abraham, "For your part, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you, generation after generation. This is my covenant with you that you will keep, you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised; God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai, your wife, no longer are you to call her Sarai, but Sarah. I will bless her, and I will give you a son by her. I will bless her and from her will come nations; kings and peoples shall come from her." Then Abraham fell face down, and he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? And can Sarah who is ninety have a child?" And Abraham said to God, "If only you would accept Ishmael as yours!" But God said, "Not at all! It is Sarah, your wife, who will give birth to your son and you will name him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him and his descendants after him forever. As for Ishmael, I heard you. I will bless him and make him fruitful, and I will multiply his race. He shall be the father of twelve princes and I will make of him a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, the child Sarah will have this time next year." When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went away from him.

Matthew 8:1-4
When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. Then a leper came forward. He knelt before him and said, "Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean." Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I want to, be clean again." At that very moment the man was cleansed from his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, "See that you do not tell anyone, but go to the priest, have yourself declared clean, and offer the gift that Moses ordered as proof of it."

Today's readings talk about faith - faith in what the Lord says, as in the first reading, and faith in the Lord's words to cure, as in the second reading. Abraham was a man of deep faith. He believed and followed everything that God told him to do. There were three things that the Lord told Abraham: 1) His promise of a lasting covenant, as evidenced by a change in name from Abram to Abraham; 2) His promise of descendants through a son, even if his wife was already over ninety years old; and 3) His promise to take care of Ishmael. As we know, all these promises were fulfilled.

In the gospel, again, it is the same story of God's Word that cures the leper. The leper truly believed that Jesus would be able to cure him, and the Lord wanted to, so he was cured.

In our lives today, what are those issues of faith that we are faced with? Do we really believe what the Lord wants us to believe?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Cecilia Katigbak
- Nestor Nunag
- Eric
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… In Memoriam:
- Arnold Allan V. Cabatingan
- Carina Corazon A. Deniega
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ramon Torres, Pilar David, and Alejandro Lecaros
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Charisse D. Nebrida
- Birthday: Lucianne Cham
- Birthday: Abelarda Wong
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Lim Sr. (1903-1993)
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!


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